Archive - 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â One local man is taking to the media and Internet â in addition to reaching out for help to anyone who will listen â in locating his missing dog.
For almost 10-1/2 weeks, Larry August, a local man who lives south of Punxsutawney, has been searching for his beloved dog.
Duke, a rust-colored miniature pinscher, went missing on Sept. 13, along with his pal, Cherokee.
There is currently a $500 reward for anyone who is able to bring Duke home.
For more information or for anyone wishing to help in this search, visit facebook.com/groups/helpfindduke.
Those of us here at The Spirit would like to wish you and your families the happiest of Thanksgivings! We hope you enjoy it safely!
Just a reminder, The Spiritâs offices will be closed on Thursday, and there will be no Thursday edition of The Spirit.
Normal operating hours will resume on Friday.
Marie E. Pifer Postlewaite, 80, of Erie, died Wednesday morning, Nov, 20, 2013, at St. Mary's Home East following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Reynoldsville on Nov. 22, 1932, a daughter of the late Irving G. and Euzela Rhodes Pifer.
Marie originally worked as an assembler at Marx Toys and went on to work with Smith Meter.
She enjoyed stamping, gardening, sewing, crocheting and knitting.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Carolyn Pritchard; one great-grandson, Adam Parris; and three brothers, Kenneth, Earl and Ray Pifer.
Helen Louise Means, 97, a long-term resident of Valier, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in Broomall, Pa.
Helen was born April 8, 1916, a daughter of Lester N. Good and Ethel Good Bennett.
She is survived by her children, William âEdâ Means (Candace), Muriel Ricker, Sylvia Ramsey and Penny Warren; six grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William âBillâ Means.
Over her lifetime, Helen impacted many people through her kindness and compassion.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department reported on Monday that a Punxsutawney man was arrested and charged in a stabbing incident that recently took place in Punxsutawney.
Police reported that Jamon N. Diehl, 25, Punxsutawney, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terrorist threats and robbery â charges stemming from an incident in the early morning hours last Friday on S. Gilpin Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It began with a creative idea, and with determination and ambition, one local man was able to bring to life. For Glen Campbell resident Michael Hughes, that idea was to write and publish a book.
Hughes has been writing stories for 15 years and said that he was about to be published by a publishing house when he discovered that he would probably lose his creative control over the novel.
For a full story on Hughes' journey to publication, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Josephine Dale Perry, 84, of Laurel Brook Drive, Brookville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Waiting at the gates of Heaven was her loving husband, Edward Lee Perry, whom she married on Dec. 15, 1946. He died on March 12, 1999.
She was born May 24, 1929, in Luling, Texas, the daughter of Howard Dale
and Ida Josephine Davis Williams. She and her husband, Edward, lived in Punxsutawney for 30-plus years.
$71,500 in scholarships will be made available to area students through the Bridge Educational Foundation and its donors.
Pictured (from left) at the announcement are: Jason Klipa, Walmart; Randy Cheetham, CSX Transportation; EJ Heckert, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of PA; State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati; State Rep. and Speaker of the House Sam Smith; and Jennifer Kessler, board member of the Bridge Educational Foundation.
Read the full story in Monday's Spirit.
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday came an act of goodwill that will help out many in the community.
Thursday evening, Jeff Kuntz, chairman of the Community Focus Committee, presented checks to four individuals accepting on behalf of the organizations they represent.
Checks are distributed throughout the year through the Punxsutawney Education System to give money to organizations from which students benefit.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
November 10, 1897
Pennsylvania at Chickamauga